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UPDATE: AZ Gov to Withdraw All FINANCIAL INCENTIVES to Nike, Says Businesses Should be ‘Proud of USA’

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.02.19

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey unloaded on the Nike shoe corporation Tuesday; blasting the global sports retailer after they abruptly pulled an American-themed sneaker timed to coincide with the July 4th holiday.

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday in a tweet that he will order the state’s commerce authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars for Nike to locate in the state after the shoe company said it’s dropping its Betsy Ross American flag sneakers,” reports CNBC.

“Nike has been planning to build a manufacturing plant on metro Phoenix’s west side, which is expected to bring 500 jobs to the area, The Arizona Republic reported Monday. The Goodyear City Council on Monday had agreed to waive up to nearly $1 million in review and permit fees and reimburse up to $1 million for the jobs it will create, the paper reported,” adds the website.

“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here. Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.

“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

NIKE DIGS IN: Sportswear CEO Defends Oregon’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Status

posted by Hannity Staff - 9.12.18

The chief executive officer of Nike doubled-down on his company’s controversial political messaging this week; backing Oregon’s ‘sanctuary state’ policy just days after releasing an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick.

Nike CEO Mark Parker publicly rebuked a growing initiative that seeks to strip Oregon of its self-described ‘Sanctuary State’ status, saying “people from all over the world” help “contribute” to the company’s innovation.

“The chief executives of Nike and Columbia Sportswear, two of the biggest companies in the state, have each written personally to express their opposition to an initiative that would repeal Oregon’s sanctuary state law,” writes the Oregonian.

“Nike employs people from all over the world; we can attest to the unique value, contributions, and innovations that people from diverse backgrounds add to Nike and to Oregon’s culture and economy,” wrote Parker. “Ending Oregon’s sanctuary law will damage Oregon’s long-standing track record as a place that attracts diverse talent from across the globe.”

Nike is one of Oregon’s largest employers.

Read the full story here.

NIKE NIXES FLAG: Nike Ditches ‘America’ Themed Sneaker After Kaepernick Complaint, Claims ‘Racist’ Symbolism

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.02.19

Shoe manufacturing giant Nike ditched a 4th of July themed sneaker Tuesday after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick claimed the American Flag used on the footwear was -in fact- a racist symbol.

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday he was ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike building a manufacturing plant in the state,” reports Fox News. “Ducey made the announcement in a series of tweets after The Wall Street Journal reported that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged Nike to nix a USA-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the heel, over slavery connotations.”


“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here. Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.

“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

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